Novak Djokovic edged closer to a maiden Cincinnati Masters title on Friday after beating Canada’s Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals of the combined WTA and ATP event.
Five-time finalist Djokovic is dreaming of finally breaking through at the only one of the prestigious Masters 1000 events that he has never won.
It was his second match of the day after he polished off defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a rain disrupted third-round match.
The 12-time grand slam winner will face seventh seed Marin Cilic in the semifinal after the big Croat secured a 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 win over Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.
The Serb broke for 5-3 in the final set and connected on a passing shot to clinch victory after two and a half hours.
Roger Federer wasted no time in defeating Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6) as the rain-plagued event made up ground after two days of disruption.
Only hours after his comprehensive third-round win, the second-seeded seven-time champion continued his mastery over Stanislas Wawrinka, but not before getting a fright en route to a 6-7(2) 7-6(6) 6-2 quarterfinal victory at the Cincinnati Masters on Friday.
The Swiss 20-time grand slam winner upped his career record against his compatriot to 21-3.
While Federer narrowly avoided an early exit, another high seed was sent packing, as No 4 Juan Martin del Potro fell to diminutive Belgian David Goffin 7-6(5) 7-6(4).
Goffin closed out a tight match with a backhand winner down the baseline to set up a semifinal against Federer.